• Facebook To Launch Satellite, Send Killer Robots From Future
    Skynet is coming one step closer to reality courtesy of Facebook, which is moving ahead with plans to launch a satellite to bring Internet access to underserved regions of the globe.
  • YouNow Raises $15M For Real-Time Video Platform
    While Periscope and Meerkat may be better known for the time being, the most "radical" live-streaming video social platform might just be YouNow, a social platform founded four years ago that recently announced it has raised $15 million in a new round of funding.
  • Social Media Buzz Drives Readers to Print (When Caitlyn Jenner's Involved)
    The July issue of "Vanity Fair", which featured Caitlyn Jenner in her first public appearance after her gender transition, predictably generated an enormous amount of social media conversation. What's a bit more surprising: this buzz prompted many people to actually, like, read the magazine -- the print version (gasp).
  • Luxury Brands Lag On Social
    A Brandwatch study, based on a survey of 32 high-end brands, found that luxury brands have virtually no voice on social media, as 99.6% of Twitter content mentioning luxury brands is posted by consumers, leaving a tiny sliver that comes from brands.
  • Half Of Images On Pedo Sites Stolen From Social Media
    It's a sad statement on our modern world when you can say "pedo sites" and everyone instantly gets it: "Oh of course, he's talking about sites where pedophiles go to get together and talk about pedophile stuff, share pictures, that kind of thing. Sure, pedo sites -- it would be surprising if they didn't exist."
  • Tinder Wants STD Billboard Removed
    Sensitive as ever to its portrayal by media, dating app Tinder has moved on from unflattering magazine articles to out of home advertising. This time Tinder is taking issue with a billboard paid for by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, claiming there is a link between Tinder and Grindr, its gay predecessor, and various genital unpleasantries.
  • Indian PM Modi Lauds Social Media
    Narendra Modi, India's charismatic Prime Minister, praised social media for enabling ordinary citizens to express political opinions and influence their governments during a visit to Facebook over the weekend. The visit was part of a tour of Silicon Valley before Modi headed to New York City for the United Nations summit scheduled for this week.
  • More Research Links Social Media to Sleep Loss in Teens
    This week brings even more evidence that social media usage is correlated with sleep loss and related negative outcomes in teenagers. The latest study comes from the University of Cardiff in Wales, where researchers investigated teen social media habits and found that over a third of teens wake up in the middle of the night to check social media every week.
  • New Social Net Alignable Connects Small Biz
    While LinkedIn has more or less cornered the professional social networking market, new entrants are targeting niche sectors of the business world. One Boston-based startup, Alignable, launched a social network in January 2014 to connect small businesses that can cooperate with each other due to physical proximity.
  • Everyone Can Be Dick Vitale, Thanks to Fancred
    Are you more a "color" commentator or a play-by-play person? Do you find yourself surfacing random pieces of trivia about the athletes you're looking at or do you tend to describe what's going on on the field in minute detail, as if out of some need to constantly affirm reality?
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